Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A Thump on the Head

When I was a kid we used to get Reader's Digest every month which I really enjoyed - I am surprised to see it still in print. One of my favorites was a section entitled 'A Thump on the Head' where they fingered a variety of celebrity no-nos. Here's one from Kevin Maney from USA Today, he's from the technology departm... oh, I guess you knew that.

Nice little article here about the Intel Classmate. It's cool, it's innovative, it's... a throwaway machine?!?!?! From the article:

The Classmate's flash drives make it boot faster than any current laptop and it practically can't crash. The computer is so cheap, if you spill tequila on it while writing — which, I don't know about you, but happens to me all the time — you can just throw it away.

Only $300 dollars. Ok, now I want you to go through this next sentence like you are singing the theme song to Batman. Here goes: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, Maney! We don't do that in 2007.

It brings up another childhood memory, that of the comic strip
They'll Do It Every Time. Sometimes the author would put the letter 'UTK' over the dumbo's head. As they say in the math texts, I'll leave it to the reader as an exercise to figure out what those three letters mean.

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